Anocha Suwichakornpong

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Anocha Suwichakornpong
Chonburi, Thailand
Other namesMai
EducationColumbia University (MFA)
OccupationFilm director, screenwriter, producer

Anocha Suwichakornpong (Thai: อโนชา สุวิชากรพงศ์, born 1976) is a Thai independent film director, screenwriter and producer.

Early life[edit]

Anocha Suwichakornpong was born in Thailand 1976. She spent the 1990s living in England, where she attended universities and graduated with bachelor's and master's degrees. In 2006, she graduated from the MFA film program at Columbia University, where she was a recipient of Hollywood Foreign Press Association Fellowship.[1]

She attended the Talent Campus of the Berlin Film Festival in 2006, where her feature-length script, The White Room, was among the 15 projects chosen to participate in the Script Clinic.[1]

Her thesis film Graceland was selected for the 59th Cannes Film Festival's Cinefondation program. It was the first Thai short film selected for the Cannes Film Festival.[2] It was also featured at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival and many other festivals.


She co-founded her production company, Electric Eel Films, in Bangkok in 2006.

Anocha's debut feature was Mundane History (Jao nok krajok, เจ้านกกระจอก), a family drama about the friendship that develops between a young paralyzed man from a wealthy Bangkok family and his male nurse from Isan in the North of Thailand. The film is also a commentary on Thailand's class-based society and the frailty of life.[3] It was screened at several festivals, and won the Tiger Award at the 2010 International Film Festival Rotterdam.[4]

In 2010, Anocha was planning her second feature, By the Time It Gets Dark, the script of which won her the Prince Claus Fund Film Grant of €15,000 from the CineMart of the Rotterdam International Film Festival.[5] The film was released in 2016. It won the Thailand National Film Association Award for Best Picture and was selected as the Thai entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 90th Academy Awards.


  • Features
    • Mundane History (Jao nok krajok, เจ้านกกระจอก) (2009)
    • By the Time It Gets Dark (Dao Khanong, ดาวคะนอง) (2016)
    • Krabi, 2562 (2019, co-dir)
  • Shorts
    • 747 (2001, co-dir)
    • Days Like This (2002)
    • Full Moon (2003)
    • Not a New York Story (2004)
    • Ghosts (2005)
    • Graceland (2006)
    • Jai (2007)
    • Like. Real. Love (ดุจ จิต ใจ) (2008)
    • Black Mirror (2008)
    • Lunch (2010)
    • Overseas (2012, co-dir)
    • Thursday (2015)
    • Coconut (2015)
    • Nightfall (2016, co-dir)


  1. ^ a b "Electric Eel Films, Anocha Suwichakornpong". Electric Eel Films. Archived from the original on 7 April 2010. Retrieved 4 February 2010.
  2. ^ "Rotterdam announces 2010 Competition lineup". International Film Festival Rotterdam. Archived from the original on 15 January 2010. Retrieved 6 February 2010.
  3. ^ Rithdee, Kong (12 October 2009). "From Pusan: Mundane History and New New Thai Cinema". Bangkok Post. Retrieved 4 February 2010.
  4. ^ "And the winners are ..." International Film Festival Rotterdam. 2010. Archived from the original on 1 March 2010. Retrieved 24 March 2014.
  5. ^ "CineMart winners announced". International Film Festival Rotterdam. 4 February 2010. Retrieved 4 February 2010.

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